10th December 2020

Rogue car park painters warning

Warwickshire Trading Standards has warned about scammers posing as highways workers.


By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team
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Fraudsters posing as Highways Department workmen are targeting private car parks, Warwickshire County Council Trading Standards Service has warned.

The scammers claim to have left-over paint from renewing road markings, and offer to repaint lines in car parks for a low price. Once the work has been carried out, they demand a much larger payment.

Owners and operators of car parks across Warwickshire have received phone calls from the bogus workmen, who claim to be Council Highways or Traffic Management staff.

Warwickshire County Councillor Andy Crump, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said: “Warwickshire County Council Highways staff or companies operating on behalf of the Council will never make offers of this sort.”

“We advise that that you put the phone down and report the scam to Trading Standards via the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.”